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the pentagon. what is at stake if congress does not avoid billion dollar budget cuts. >> we are seeing lake effect snow showers downwind of the great lakes. cold weather and an active weather is here to stay. live look outdoors with clouds in place. >> grim warnings from the pentagon this afternoon. massive furloughs are pending for civilian employees if lawmakers don't avoid the sequester. with just nine days left, the president is continuing his own plea for negotiations. >> the fight over $1.20 trillion over across the board spending cuts is raging on even with lawmakers out of town. today it is the pentagon's turn to warn congress did more than 700,000 civilian employees would take one day off a week without pay. yesterday president obama blamed republicans for holding up a deal. he was surrounded at the white house by emergency responders that the president said could lose their jobs. >> these cuts are not smart, not fair, they will hurt our economy. >> the president wants to replace the cuts with revenue. house speaker john boehner say the revenue debate is closed. >> republicans are
. just nine days until $85 billion in federal spending cuts could go into effect. the pentagon said if that happens, the have the majority of the 800,000 civilian workers would have to be furloughed. >> this is one of the most distasteful tasks i will face. >> reporter: they will lose one day of work each week for 22 weeks, a also of 20% of their pay. military personnel would be exempted. pentagon officials warn even though the civilian workforce will take the direct hit -- >> the associated furloughs will impact our war fighters, our veterans and family mem tbhers untold ways. >> reporter: lawmakers voted to delay it by two months as part of that last-minute deal at new year's but that set up another deadline. if congress doesn't act by march 1st, $85 billion in spending cuts did into effect all at once. it would also mean tsa agents are furloughed, so expect longer lines at airport security. 1,000 law enforcement agents forced off the job. 70,000 preschoolers dropped from their head start program. 80% of the pentagon civilian workforce is based outside of the washington area. virg
numbers on our website, wbaltv.com. >> a major announcement from the pentagon. secretary leon panetta warned congress that hundreds of thousands of civilian workers could be furloughed and soon. >> if a series of automatic spending cuts hit next week. nikole killion has details. >> if these furloughs going to affect it would mean forced time off and less pay. at the pentagon a sobering announcement. >> we feel we do not have any choice but to impose furloughs. we would much prefer not to do it. >> officials laid out their plans to furlough 800,000 workers if automatic spending cuts known as sequestration go into effect march 1. >> the furloughs are enacted civilians were -- will experience a 20% decrease in their pay between late april and september. as a result, many families will be forced to make difficult decisions. >> in a letter to john boehner, leon panetta warned their deductions would put us on a pass to a hollow force. and john kerry said the fiscal impact threatens america's credibility. >> there is nothing in this current budget fight that requires us to make bad decisions
for the department of defense, an estimated 700,000 would be furloughed for one day a week. according to the pentagon's chief budget officer robert hale, that would save between $4 and $5 billion. but it would all come out of people's paychecks. >> we feel we don't have any choice but to impose furloughs even though we would much prefer not to do it. frankly, this is within of the least -- the most distasteful tasks i have faced in my four years in this job. >> reporter: department of defense civilians run training range where navy pilots practice strafing runs. they manage the flow of supplies to troops in afghanistan, overhaul army tanks and provide medical care for everybody from wounded warriors to retirees. laying them off for one day a week would not cripple national defense, but it would, said jessica wright, the pentagon's head of personnel, be an economic catastrophe for their families. >> if furloughs are enacted, civilians will experience a 20% decrease in their pay between late april and september. >> reporter: even then, the pentagon would still have to find another $41 billion in saving
only 9 days left to stop the automatic across- the-board spending cuts. that's why the pentagon is expected to announce a plan to furlough nearly 800,000 civilian employees one day each week beginning in april. that's essentially a 20% pay cut. federal law requires the pentagon to warn congress of furloughs at least 45 days in advance. exceptions here will include political appointees and people whose job functions are considered necessary to protect life and property. but some d.o.d. civilian firefighters, police officers, nurses and other emergency workers could still be furloughed. if these furloughs go on for some time, they'll add up to around a month of lost pay by the end of september. warnings are going out about the possible impact of these cutses on our local and national economies. the. spoke out yesterday and local leaders are figuring out exactly what's at stake. >> montgomery county alone in terms of this tax base, each day based on our estimates is a possibly $500,000. >> ten days of furloughs equal $120 million in lost income in federal employees for the county.
worried. >> pentagon officials laid out the uncertainty and pain that sequestration would create. >> it would be catastrophic. >> congress can change the laws and make things easier. >> but there is little faith that congress will break its current bad habits. >> that is good for the people. so -- >> sequestration could have a major impact on companies that do business with the pentagon. business is big and small that employ tens of thousands of people in this region. as to the possible furlough employees would be given a 30- day notice before they go into affect. abc7 news. >> and we will have another look at the sequestration impact on our area. how these cuts could be one part of a larger hit for families. >> 5 people have been arrested in connection with monday's shooting death of a suitland high school student. he is one of six teenagers killed with gun violence this year. good evening, brad. >> good evening leon. it has been a horrible run of violence in prince for discounted. 15-year-old charles michael walker jr. was gunned down monday. and today there has been an arrest
is denying the allegations. >>> today the pentagon will give us a sense much just how crippling the sequestration might be. will tell congress of the plan to furlough as many as 700,000 civilian empyees. they would be forced to take one day off per week without pay starting in april. that's if congress and the white house failed to -- avoiding billions of dollars in spending cuts taking effect on march 1st. they have until then to reach a deal. stay with news 4 for complete coverage of every twist and turn in the sequestration showdown. we're posting updates at nbcwashington.com to stay up to speed even when you can't watch on air. >>> the suggestion joe biden made during a town hall on gun control that could leave people off guard. plus, what is taking place right now at the scene of a gas station that leveled the popular restaurant. >>> this morning, tiger is talking. what he says about the president's golf game. >>> a big chill in the air this morn >>> weather and traffic on the 1s. good morning. at 6:11. we've got a cold wind blowing in out of the north and west. temperature
without pay. the warning was aimed at defense department workers at the pentagon and around the world. secretary panetta sent them a written message, as he left for a nato defense ministers meeting in brussels. in it, he said there are limited options for coping with the looming across-the-board cuts. and, he said: >> on our civilians it will be catastrophic. >> woodruff: within hours, top pentagon officials were out, saying employees could lose one day of work per week for 22 weeks. civilians will experience a 20 percent decrease in their pay between late april and september. as a result, many families will be forced to make difficult decisions on where their financial obligations lie. >> reporter: the furloughs could start in late april and save roughly $5 billion. uniformed personnel at war would be exempt, but in a letter to congress, panetta wrote that the spending cuts will slow training and the procurement of weapons. the result, he said, will be a hollow force. the nation's top military leader had said as much last week at a senate hearing on the automatic cuts. chair of the j
. >>> the pentagon is also sounding an alarm about sequestration. it's telling congress that hundreds of thousands of federal employees could face furloughs if no deal is reached. here is more from capitol hill. >> reporter: the fight over $1.2 trillion in across the board spending cuts set to begin march 11 is it is raging on. today it's the pentagon's turn to warn congress. more than 7,000 employees would take a pay cut. yesterday president obama blamed republicans for holding up a deal. the president said they could lose their jobs. >> these cuts are not smart, they are not fair, they will hurt our economy. >> reporter: president obama wants to reduce the cuts with new revenue. house speaker john boehner says the debate is closed. >> republicans are not comfortable with the cuts but they want to see spending cuts implemented. >> reporter: lawmakers on home at recess are feeling the pinch. >> the american people expect us to get serious about this and we're serious about deficit reduction. >> reporter: a new deficit reduction plan bier have got to get out of that plan. >> reporter: it calls for
the allegationsment. >>> 4:33 now. this could be a tense day for pentagon employees. the defense department will tell congress about its plan to furlough civilian workers if the cuts take effect. more than 700,000 defensivelyian employees could be forced to take one day a week off without pay. that's the equivalent of a 20% pay cut. the notices would likely be sent out late next month. the furloughs would begin in late april. >>> it isn't just government workers feeling the effects of the billions of dollars in cuts. private businesses like catering companies will had also be hurt. conferences and meetings with agencies and firms could be can semd or scaled back. many of the business owners are taking a wait and see approach. >> it's unknown. this is something new to us. we've seen it all in washington. but this would be new to us. i really couldn't tell you the impact until it actually happens. >> congress and the white house have until next friday to get a deal done. stay with news 4 for continuing coverage of the sequestration showdown as the march 1st deadline approaches. when you can't watch, yo
the board spending cuts. >> reporter: today, there's a new warning from the pentagon, they say more than 700,000 civilian workers would have to take one day off without pay a week. one day after president obama continued his plea to the public and to congress saying that this is going to be devastating for the economy, he wants congress to act and it comes one day after a bipartisan commission released a new plan that would detail $2.4 trillion cuts over 12 years. mara? >> thank you. >>> we'll have more on those budget cuts and other political stories later in the show. >>> he was being considered for a big show, but now general john allen has announced that he's retired. he completed 19 months as top commander in afghanistan, instead of taking the new job, he'll retire to help his wife deal with health issues. here's your "first look" at the dish of scrambled politics americans still don't like congress very much. 15% approve of the job that the lawmakers are doing, up one point from last month. >>> deanny hoyer said that the 2016 presidential race is easy to predict, if hillary clinton dec
the sequester. that the cuts will take effect for a short period of time. the pentagon is going with congress to say that they are likely go to furlough more than 700,000 employees if these cuts were to take effect. it's basically going to be a 20% pay cut for those employees. and that's going to trickle down into the economy. now that announcement comes one day after president obama called on congress to act. >>> vice president joe biden is offering up advice on the best way to defend yourself in you with a firearm. in a facebook meeting tuesday, biden talked about the white house efforts to restrict the size of ammunition clips and other proposals. during that chashgts biden said the best thing foreprotection is a shotgun. >> put that double-barrel shotgun and fire two blasts outside the house. i promise you, whoever is coming in is not going to -- you don't need an ar-15. it's harder to aim. it's harder to use. and in fact, you don't need 30 rounds to protect yourself. buy a shotgun. >> buy a shotgun. all right. biden said he keeps two shotguns locked up at home and he's told his wife jill
. getting deals on pentagon contractors. >>> a day after burger king says twitter account was hacked, jeep says the same thing. cadillac is owned by chrysler. jeep is not the only corporation reporting cyber attacks. apple says some of its macintosh computers were attacked. >> the cash strapped postal service is trying its hand at side action. starting this fall, they will launch a clothing line. the apparel and accessories will be called rain, heat and snow. technology to create smart apparel also known as wearable electronics. jackets with i pod controls built into the sleeves. i like it. may i also say i went to the united states post office yesterday in the bethesda yesterday. met a wonderful gentleman, bernie. he's been trying to craft a perfect tony and tucker question. we love the united states post office. >>> still ahead in our next half hour, a dire warning from the white house. might it be a little too late however? >> and we're going to sit down with our team for a look at why a deal to stop the sequester probably won't happen. >> but first an american in saint peters seat? wha
that could make getting around just tricky at times. we'll have the details coming up. >>> the pentagon notified congress today of some of the steps that will become necessary if the automatic spending cuts go into effect march 1st. most of the pentagon 800,000 civilian workers will be furloughed one day a week. defense secretary panetta sent notice to workers that all affected employees would be notified at least 30 days ahead of any of those planned furloughs. he warned the ridge i had nate and scale of these cuts would result in what he called a serious erosion of readiness. meanwhile, in his first major address, secretary of state john kerry warmed that the looming cuts would -- >> my credibility as a diplomat working to help other countries, create order, is strongest when america at last puts its own fiscal house in order. that has to be now. >> he added it's hard to tell other countries' leaders they have to resolve their economic issues if america doesn't solve their own. >>> sequestration could cost the city millions. saying the city could take a 50 million hit, and he says the
in the city. >> today the pentagon informed hundreds of thousands of civilians how they will be impacted. jennifer johnson on capitol hill with that part of the story. >> good afternoon, jim. congress has just over a week to come up with a deficit reduction plan. if not, these cuts will go into effect which will greatly impact the pentagon. . the defense department will take the biggest hit if congress can't come up with a budget deal and the so-called sequester, $85 billion in across the board automatic spending cuts goes into effect by law. >> i think we'll have serious readiness effects. these are legally binding limits. we will have to cut back on training significantly. >> in a letter to congress, defense secretary leone panetta said the vast majority of the department's 800,000 civilian workers will have to be furloughed one day a week. in essence a 20% pay cut. new secretary of state john kerry warned of global consequences. >> in these days of looming budget sequester, that everyone actually wants to avoid, or most, we can't be strong in the world unless we are strong at home. >>
. they are also hacking pentagon contractors. >> when it hit the defense and steal documents, word documents, powerpoint documents, when they hit the private sector blue chip companies that are doing mergers and acquisitions, we see targeted threats against the e-mail. >> the democratic chair said this clearly demonstrates a need to pass cyber security legislation as soon as possible. >> in less than two hours, we will hear from president barack obama's new secretary of state. john kerry will talk about president obama's investments in foreign policy. after he addresses students and teachers, he'll sit down with the president at the white house this afternoon. >> president obama issues a dire warning just over a week before the dreaded budget sequester kicks in. if a deal isn't reached in congress, fox's doug luzader has the latest. >> reporter: tony, good morning. no one really expected we would be here. the sequester was designed to be unpleasant for democrats and republicans. doesn't look like they are going to be able to stop it. >> summoning first responders to the white house painting
mitchell reports," the chopping block. nine days to go and with no budget deal, the pentagon announces upcoming furloughs for 700,000 civilian employees. >>> as his first speech as secretary of state today, john kerry issued a warning about the budget impasse. >> the looming days of budget sequester that everyone actually wants to avoid, or most, we can't be strong in the world unless we are strong at home. my credibility as a diplomat working to help other countries create order is strongest when america at last puts its own fiscal house in order, and that has to be now. >>> mending fences. president obama calls marco rubio and lindsey graham to talk immigration reform as john mccain faces an angry town hall at home. >> i'd like to respond to any questions or comments or insults that you may have. >> believe me, that is only the beginning. wait until you see what happens next. >>> joe biden being biden. the vice president's frank advice to parents on self defense and gun control. >> if you want to protect yourself, get a double-barrel shotgun. you don't need an ar-15. it's harder to a
that americans are com play september about defense cuts and cutting the pentagon. does that make it harder to sway republicans? >> i would point you to what republicans have said about sequester on national security and on our defense readiness. it is a fact that it affects deployment, it affects -- it would have negative impacts on army readiness, it imposes cuts to air force flying hours. i think that is a concern to all americans who worry about our national defense. but it would also, again, result in 0,000 kids getting kicked off of head start. it would rezurlt to cuts in mental health services to children. it would have cuts to teachers and to mental health care. that is to just name a few. to the jobs of first responders and others who would be affected by this. the reason why the list is so long because the sequester was written to be broad and, therefore, not to become policy. we call on congress to take reasonable and appropriate action, to pass legislation that would buy down the sequester, postpone the sequester with a package of spending cuts and revenue increase. we're makin
is the pentagon's turn to warrant congress. more than 700,000 ciliate employes would take one day off a week without pay. president obama blamed republicans for holding up a deal. the president said emergency responders could lose their jobs. >> these cuts are not fair and it will hurt our economy. >> john boehner said the revenue debate is now closed. >> republicans are not comfortable with these defense cuts. >> lawmakers are feeling the pinch. >> this is a missed opportunity to show we're serious about deficit reduction. >> a new plant would cut the deficit over 10 years. >> both camps have to get out of their comfort zone and make these tough decisions. >> lawmakers are not likely to accept the plan. it does appear at this time that the sequester would take effect. danielle leigh, wbal-tv 11 news. >> 6:08. 32 degrees at the airport. an airline will upgrade their in-flight entertainment. >> and historic block in kansas city goes up in flames. >> another day in court for oscar pistorius, accused of murdering his girlfriend. what authorities say they found inside his home. >> i am live at t
on wbaltv.com, on our facebook page, or send us an e-mail to watercooler@wbaltv.com. >> the pentagon will notify congress of its plan to furlough employees. more than 700,000 will be required to take one day off per week without pay if sequestration kicks in. >> maryland could be impacted most by sequestration. >> howard county officials are bracing. 50,000 officials hold positions that could be affected by the in. that can agaikick >> it will be devastating. it is not just the big contractors. it is also the small ones. >> calling on congress to get a deal done. the obama administration plans to stop cyber stealing. >> hallie jackson has details. >> the obama administration will announce it is going after countries that spy on the u.s. by hacking. the u.s. wants more fines as part of an aggressive stance against cyber attacks, especially those from china. a chinese military unit was linked to years of stealing secrets on mine from the u.s. and private companies. china says they have nothing to do with the cyber attacks. >> what has the administration done so far? >> the president ha
information. they are also hacking pentagon contractors. >> when they hit the defense industrial base, they steal documents, word documents, power point documents, power point documents. when they hit the private sector blue chip american companies, we see more target threats against the e-mail. >> the democratic chair of the senate intelligence committee said, quote, this is a sobering public report. it clearly demonstrates the need to pass cybersecurity legislation as soon as possible. >> still ahead, the return of the wizards. >> that's right. plus, why rg iii took to twitter to defend his new commercial featuring the redskin star quarterback, coming up next.  every time someone chooses finish over cascade, it sparks a movement. because people can't keep it to themselves. look ! no ugly spots ! awesome! incredible shine. i'm switching for good. love, love, love finish! over a million people have switched to finish. visit us on facebook. >>> the wizards and bradley beal of the game. before the game, beal received an award as the eastern conference rookie of the month
and it hurts them. >> we're getting word from the pentagon and they're putting out the threat of furloughs. leon panetta's still secretary of defense until they decide whether or not to confirm chuck hagel. charleston, military town, very much supported by the military. this could be where it stings, but what penalty do republicans -- you're a republican member of congress, what penalty is there to bay? >> apparently some of the big budget cutters who are republicans have started to quietly approach some of the cabinet secretaries. can you exempt my little project, my road rebuilding project from what's about to happen. and i think that's actually the leverage that is most effective for the president. look, the town halls and the tour, it's going to be important in those particular markets to put pressure on particular members of congress but in a million other districts that are going to be people who are going to start to see projects go by the wayside and these folks got an eye on the calendar. 2014 is not that far away and they don't want to explain about the project. >> where are gove
're not growing to stop for potentially hundreds of thousands of federal workers. today the pentagon is expected to announce a plan to furlough nearly 800,000 civilian employees one day each week beginning in april. the president yesterday called the march 1 sequestration spending cuts not smart, not fair, and warns people will lose their jobs. these threats have you angry and scared, but you can do something about it. >> reporter: congress is on recess. sequestration cuts are less than two weeks away and area workers are facing down an uncertain financial future, including possible furloughs and pay cuts. the sequence of events have a lot of you pretty upset. that's why wusa9 started a petition to let congress know how you feel. >> it's been up for the last couple of days and already the response has been overwhelming. >> reporter: we are asking should congress be penalized if federal workers are furloughed due to sequestration. you are speaking out in large numbers with impassionings. >> the intensity and the emotion behind these comments have been very significant. >> reporter: a comment from
, but the sequester is set to happen next friday, march 1. the pentagon is addressing that next friday and there will be a news conference coming up at 1:00 p.m. eastern to talk about pentagon plans on c-span 2 at 1:00. gail is on the democrat line. what did you think of the secretary's speech? >> i thought that his speech was excellent. i am really grateful for the secretary and what he is doing. we live in an interdependent world and it is important that we give foreign policy rights. that also includes getting the budget right. that is the message around the world. if we want to be successful, we need to do this at home, we need to make sure that we are sending the message of who americans are out of the world. thank you so much, senator -- secretary carry, for what you're doing. >> john, independent line. >> i would like -- i like to the secretary's speech. it had ambition and scope. i wish him great success in the job. i do feel that he has to overcome a legacy of failure from hillary clinton in her years as secretary of state. >> what is the specific failure he has to overcome? c
the pentagon is suggesting there will be 700,000 civilian layoffs. real people are being effected now, but everyone expects this will kick in in nine days and then, i guess, the white house thinks they'll negotiate the continuing resolution and some sort of an agreement will occur magically before the end of march. republicans still say they won't buy into any taxes. so we haven't bridged any of these gaps. >> we haven't, andrea. look, i know the president came out and gave a statement yesterday sort of expressing his desire for a deal, but i think this is really about -- and republicans are doing this too -- about positioning for march 2nd and beyond. no one expects a congress, who isn't even here this week, they are taking the president's week off, fine with me if i had that week off. they are taking this week off. next week they are back. congress doesn't get big budget deals done in eight days' time, seven days' time. the political positioning to see who has the upper hand in the negotiations that, in theory, will go on once we past march 1st and the cuts, as you point out which w
furloughs today. the pentagon just announced a news conference at 10:00 a.m. pacific to lay out how these automatic spending cuts will affect our spending. there are about 170 federal civilian workers in california. most of them would be furloughed for up to 22 days. that's equivalent to a 20% pay cut over a six-month period. now, those furloughs would not kick in until april, even if sequestration takes effect next friday. businesses that work for the federal government would also cut back. >> that waiting and failing to spend now is what could lead to unemployment now and difficulties later. . >> reporter: we'll -- we'll take a look at what the long- term effects could be on -- on california -- next. >> thank you. >>> a group that supports same- sex marriage is launching a $is million -- is launching a $1 million campaign featuring clips of president obama, former first lady laura bush, colin powell and former vice president, dick cheney, all expressing support for same-sex marriage. the group says the goal of the tv ad is to show there is bipartisan support for same-sex marriage
of the c-span video library at c-span.org. live now to the pentagon for a briefing on civilian layoffs related to the pending sequester cuts happening next week. >> we have notified congress today about potential furlough. today with us we have our undersecretary, mr. robert hale and acting undersecretary jessica wright. here to address questions they do have some comments they would like to start with with respect to sequestration and the actual action that we took today with congress on furlough. then they will be available to take your questions. i will help them in getting your questions address. >> okay. well, good afternoon. today the department faces some the enormous budgetary uncertainty really imperiled in my experience. possibility of sequestration starting on march 1st. by the end of march could mean a 46 billion-dollar reduction in our total topline 9% in all of our accounts except military personnel including wartime accounts. we will protect the wartime operating accounts, but that means larger, disproportionate cuts in the base budget operation and maintenance accounts.
the president for lost funding in federal programs and the pentagon over ten years, should the sequestration take place. house speaker john boehner said, quote, today the president advanced an argument republicans have been making for a year. his sequester is the wrong way to cut spending. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell insisted "more than three months after the november election, president obama still prefers campaign events to common sense, bipartisan action." and joining us now for more on this from washington, the former chief economist of the international monetary fund and bloomberg view columnist, simon johnson. he's the co-author of "white house burning: our national debt and why it matters to you," now out in paperback. simon, good to see you this morning. >> nice to be with you. >> simon, if you could help us through this over the next week or so, it doesn't look like there's a path to avoiding the sequestration if you listen to the two sides. so how damaging would this be? because we've heard a couple different versions of it that would have immediate impacts, more than 75
accept the criticism that the pentagon should have been warning about these sooner? >> first, we started the slowdown in spending on january 10. a number of the measures that i mentioned went into effect shortly after that. significant efforts were made to slow down spending on more draconian actions later. i know that people felt we should have said more earlier. 15 months ago the secretary sent a letter to the u.s. congress saying that the effects of sequestration would be devastating. after that we testified in august and again in september, we listed every single major item we're talking about. we said that there would be cutbacks in readiness and a unit buys would go down with unit costs growing up. what we did not do was detailed budget planning. i do not regret that. if we did it 60 months ago, we would have been wrong. we would not know that congress would have changed the size and the date and we would not have incurred the tigre -- we would not have incurred the degradation route. we sounded the alarm in every way that we could. >> what kind of contract are you having with the
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